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Fander Falconi, secretary of Planning and Development of Ecuador, presented the conference with a report titled á€Å“The first year of the citizens revolution in Ecuador, sent by President Correa, who had to suspend his trip to Cuba.

Other speakers included Monsignor Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, Foreign Secretary of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences of the Vatican, and Robert Mundell, Nobel Prize for Economics in 1999, according to a Granma report.

A panel comprised of economists Orlando Caputo (Chile), Jan Kregel (US) and Carlos Perez (Argentina) tackled the current international financial crisis and instability.

Presentations continue on Tuesday on several crucial issues and events, many that have worsened since the beginning of the globalization conferences in 1999, known for their plurality and diversity in ideas from which the difficult economic and social problems facing humanity are discussed.

Cuban Vice Presidents Carlos Lage Davila and Estaban Lazo Hernandez presided over the opening session of the economist's conference involving participants from 42 countries, 21 international organizations, and economists, professors and students from 101 Cuban municipalities.

Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa was made an honorary member of the Cuban Association of Economists and Accountants.


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